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The birthplace of chili pepper farming

New research has revealed that the farming of chili peppers first took place in central-east Mexico between 7,000-9,000 years ago. Genetic material from dozens of samples of farm-raised and wild chili peppers seemed to point to northeastern Mexico as the origin of domestication for C. annuum, the researchers found. But the

Earliest evidence of chili pepper use found in Mexico

2,000-year-old chili pepper residue has been found on pottery discovered in Mexico. The scientists found chili residue in multiple types of jars and vessels, which suggests that Mixe-Zoquean and Maya cultures may have been using chili peppers for many different culinary purposes. For instance, Capsicum was found in a vessel called a

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